Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Wombs of Weatherfield





One of the central cobbles themes of late is all about babies, pregnancy and IVF. To start with Leanne - we saw her give birth in a lift with out of favour sister, Toyah, as midwife. The ambulance arrived, Toyah, Leanne and baby Oliver, were freed from the lift and, holding her baby tight, Leanne was wheeled into the ambulance. Nick hopped in to accompany Leanne and 'their' son to hospital. There was a meaningful glance between Nick and Steve, the biological father, then off drove the ambulance.


Oh the irony! On the very day that Steve and Michelle scattered their baby's ashes, Steve's 'other baby' was born. How difficult this will be for Steve and indeed for Liz, as Leanne's much-wanted baby, is to be brought up by Leanne and Nick, barely a stone's throw from The Rovers. Will Liz approach Leanne and hope for some contact? And what about Michelle? Will she be suspicious as to why Liz is so interested in Leanne and Nick's baby? And Gail - will she learn that the baby she thought was Nick's isn't Nick's? She may have already become attached ...so how might she react? 


A further irony is that Toyah missed her IVF appointment as she was busy delivering Leanne's baby. Time will tell if Toyah and Peter have a baby together and, in his more mature years, whether or not Peter will step up to the plate and be a full time dad. But, doesn't Chloe, the girl in the taxi, loom over that possibility.

And might Michelle and Steve try for another baby? After seeing Michelle holding Oliver, might it not be the case that she will be keen to try again? Until she finds out that her husband is in fact Oliver's biological father. Then what? And can Leanne live a lie?


A while ago, we discovered that Mary had had a baby at the tender age of 14, which was forcibly taken from her. She found him, was offered a new life at the other side of the world, but changed her mind at the last minute and stayed in Weatherfield.

What of future births on the cobbles? Sarah and Gary could have a child - the second for Gary and the third for Sarah. And Rosie? With Adam or someone else?  Sinead and Daniel? And what about Maria when she is released?  Will she and Aidan be a couple or will he stick with Eva, who, I would guess, would love a child with him. And there's always Tracy and Luke. Maybe there will be a romance between Chesney and Gemma. Might Tyrone and Fiz have another child? But where, may I ask, is Dylan, Sean and Violet's child?

Despite all this womb chat, I am with Jennifer Aniston, whose womb has probably endured more scrutiny than any other. She wrote an article on that very topic and I couldn't agree more with her. Her take was that women should not be defined by their reproductive capabilities - not now, not then and not in the future.


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Ben Price reveals why he's leaving Coronation Street

Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) was interviewed on ITV's This Morning, this morning. And so was his on-screen step-dad Martin Platt, actor Sean Wilson. 

Sean was on the programme to promote his career as a cheese maker, which he's been working at for some years now ever since he left Coronation Street.

Ben Price spoke about his Corrie character's current storyline, where Nick has just become daddy to Leanne and Steve's baby.

He also talked about why he's leaving Coronation Street. He says he lives 200 miles away from the set and doesn't see his family enough.  After seven years on the show, it took a long time for him to make the decision to leave but he says he's leaving to spend more time with his wife and kids. 

Ben says he's got a few more months left on the show but can't reveal how he's leaving.  "Whatever serves the show best," he says, happy to leave his exit to the writers.

After leaving Corrie, Ben plans to spend more time concentrating on writing and producing his short films.

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Video: Lu Fallon and Chris Harper on Corrie grooming scenes

Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt) and Chris Harper (Nathan Curtis) were interviwed live today on ITV's Lorraine, taking about the grooming storyline.


After the scene were Nathan and Bethany slept together was played out on Lorraine, Lucy  said: "I haven't actually watched that yet because it does make me feel quite uncomfortable, as it does for quite a lot of the viewers. But it's so important that we do it at this time because we are targeting people who watch Coronation Street who are quite young."


Lucy's co-star Chris Harper, who is an ambassador for sexual abuse charity Voicing CSA, added that the show has a responsibility to open communication about the issue.

"The really key thing is to start the conversation, whether it's your son or daughter you've got concerns about or whether you yourself have been abused in the past, or even present tense," he said.

Applauding the show for its sensitive portrayal of the issue, Chris added: "It's really important that Coronation Street spreads the news that there are places to go to support you."

You can watch the video interview here.

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Video: Kym Marsh 'proud' of Coronation Street stillbirth story

Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle McDonald in Coronation Street, was interviewed on Good Morning Britain this morning.

She talked about her Corrie character's storyline echoing her own personal heartache - she lost her son Archie in 2009 when he was born 18 weeks .

Kym said: "My reasons.behind agreeing to ahead with it were in the hopes that it might help somebody somewhere, that someone could relate to it and it might spark people to talk."

She added she was 'proud' of the show for handling the subject so thoroughly and sensitively and explained why she's campaigning for the law to change so that stillborn babies born before 24 weeks get a birth certificate.

You can watch the video interview here. Warning: contains scenes of Piers Morgan.

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REMINDER: Coronation Street time change tonight

A reminder that Coronation Street is on at the earlier time of 7pm tonight, Wednesday 22 February 2017.

This is a scheduling change by ITV to fit around The Brit Awards.

You can read the preview of all the action on Coronation Street tonight - here.

It looks set to be another heartbreaker for Michelle tonight when she visits Leanne and her baby. But why doesn't Leanne want Nick's name on the birth certificate as the dad?

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Pic: Coronation Street's new Police Station plans

Even more plans for Kitchener Street have now surfaced, showing what looks like it could very well be the new Kitchener Street Police Station.

This would be located just behind Victoria Court in reality, in the show. However, I think Kitchener Street will perhaps be located a little further away from the Street itself.

It will be interesting to see how the police station will be used in the show. With Craig Tinker currently doing his police training, maybe we'll be introduced to a few more Corrie coppers?

Coronation Street's Executive Producer Kieran Roberts revealed last week that a new police station would be built on the set as part of the expansion for when Corrie goes to six nights a week. 

Read more on the upcoming changes to the show here.


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Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, Feb 27 - Mar 3

Without any piffle, here are the storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March 2017

Sally stands by he girls, Gail takes a dislike to Shona, Norris forgets Rita's birthday, Gemma consoles Chesney, Sinead's pregnant, Adam visits a drug dealer.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Wed 22 Feb

WEDNESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
NICK FIGHTS HIS INSECURITIES OVER STEVE As Toyah cuddles the baby, Leanne announces that they’re calling him Oliver. Clearly the proud Dad, Nick reveals that he’s booked them an appointment to register the baby’s name tomorrow afternoon. Back at home the Platts visit the new baby. Peter and Toyah discover they both know that Nick’s not the baby’s father and it must be very difficult for him. Meanwhile alone at last with their new baby, Leanne breaks the news to Nick that she doesn’t want his name on Oliver’s birth certificate as it would seem wrong. How will Nick react to this?
MICHELLE TRIES TO MOVE ON When Michelle finds out Leanne’s had the baby, she’s emotional but genuinely pleased for her and insists they visit. Steve’s horrified at the thought but knows he must play along for her sake. Making out he’s too upset as it stirs up memories of Ruairi, Steve waits outside Victoria Court whilst Michelle heads up to see Leanne’s new baby. How will Michelle cope?
WILL JENNY’S UNDERWORLD IDEA FALL APART AT THE SEAMS? Aidan returns from Spain and is annoyed to find Jenny ensconced in the factory office. Jenny explains how she’s in the process of developing a new range of specialised bras and Richard Drake has placed an order.
ELSEWHERE Liam is desperate to see mum Maria in prison.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Faye Brookes opens up about relationship with Gareth Gates


Faye Brookes, who plays Kate Connor in Coronation Street, is on the front of this week's OK! magazine along with her fella, singer Gareth Gates.
Faye and Gareth talk to the mag about their relationship and in typically OK! style, they (and this is in OK-ese, not my words... "explained their romance is seriously intense."

Faye says: "Our relationship's always fiery because there's so much love there and so much passion. And because we have limited time with each other each week, there's an added pressure as we want it to be perfect. When you love each other so much, things get heightened. It's amazing."


Gareth said:"We're both quite needy, sensitive people and, as we don't spend every second together, we thrive on needing each other's attention. I think that happens within every relationship. Jealousy finds its way. We get jealous of the time we spend with other people; it's not because we don't trust each other."

And if you like that sort of thing, there's more over at OK including a video of the two of them in bed the morning after Faye won her NTA award for Best Soap Newcomer last month.

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Coronation Street double epsiode review – Monday 20 Feb

Our blogger Rachel Stevenson normally writes her fantastic Monday night episode reviews but is away on holiday. While she's been away, Coronation Street Blog reader Ryan Oxley kindly offered to step into Rachel's shoes to bring you his review of Monday night's episodes.

And so, it's over to Ryan...

The birth of a Baby, the death of a rat (Ouroborus)

Well here it is, my third and final review of the Monday night double episode while Rachel has been on holiday. Treading the cobbles of the Coronation Street Blog has been a delicious delight - like one of Betty's Hotpots.

A familiar theme, maybe a motif, threaded through tonight’s brilliant Corrie double. A maternalistic streak that favoured Leanne, Toyah, Sarah and Eva, and sadness for Michelle as ashes were scattered on one of Corrie's finest (and incredibly upsetting) storylines. Also, another unexpected death that spelt the end of an era. Greek mythology isn’t something I’d ever associate with Corrie but tonight’s double (including the tale of the giant causeway) had a mythical if not ouroborus air to it. 

Following Friday's ‘night out’ we learn that Bethany has slept with sinister Nathan and without protection. Is this insidious storyline about to reap another unplanned pregnancy? Sarah seethes upon learning the ‘truth’, and her mothering instincts are troubled in handling the situation.

Toyah’s IVF battle sees Peter borrow money from Ken to book a conveniently cancelled IVF consultation and Eva ‘loses’ track of Liam who races to the bus stop, wishing to visit his imprisoned mum. The lad is consoled by a heavily pregnant Leanne, and Little Liam’s woes continue as we learn he caused Darryl the rat to escape into the street. Leanne is still distraught at her unified sisters, and an argument explodes with Toyah, as they leave Victoria Court and head into the lift.

Steve and Michelle retreat to Anglesey, the shores of Wales, to scatter baby Ruairi’s ashes. We are treated to a beautiful location shoot, the strong winter wind and the tides in unison to the couples shattered emotions. The broken couple both stare out poignantly at the distant horizon. This could be foreshadowing for their relationship, as we already know; another McDonald baby is about to be born.  It’s worth mentioning that this was another heartfelt and understated performance from Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson. ‘Rover’ running around the beach added a subtle comedic touch. Corrie at its finest.

Back on the street and with a rat now firmly on the loose, Toyah and Leanne become stranded as the lift draws to a halt (no alarm in Victoria Court?) and Leanne’s waters inconveniently break. Hero of the hour (or of any hour in Weatherfield) Robert races to the rescue. A power cut has shut the lift off!
With Leanne’s contractions getting stronger, Weatherfield’s medical marvel Rana is also on the scene. As Peter visits the IVF appointment on his own, Toyah turns midwife, unworried and seamlessly, a newfound career perhaps for councilor come barmaid, Toyah?

As the emergency services arrive, new ‘father’ Nick races to the scene, and by now, the baby has already entered the world. In tragic comic effect, it transpires that Darryl the rat had left the world by causing the power cut, as Baby Oliver has entered it, ‘He went out with a bang’ enthused Tim, as you would with 50,000 vaults through you’. A birth that will undoubtedly cause ‘explosions’ in future episodes?

A brilliant double tonight but I’m left thinking about the death of Darryl the rat, the demise of a Coronation Street legend. Almost ouroborus, or ‘one out, one in’ as my nan would say. 

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Coronation Street spoiler: Sally on the war path

Next week in Coronation Street we'll see Sally on the war path after a builder working for Phelan harasses daughter Rosie.

Inside Soap magazine reveal that Sally forms a protest with some of the women of the Street, gets herself a megaphone and screams all kinds of things through it at the building site.

It all starts after Sally finds out (from Anna, of all people!) that Rosie has brought drugs into the country from Miami.  After Sally gets over the initial shock of it all, she's upset that Rosie couldn't confide in her and determines to become closer to Rosie.  Rosie then tells her mum that she's been lying about her luxurious lifestyle while in the US to avoid letting Sally down. 

The protest becomes Sally's way of showing Rosie that she supports her and loves her.



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Rob Mallard: "I'd love Denise Black to return to Corrie!"


There's an excellent interview in Inside Soap magazine this week with Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street.

I won't blog the whole interview, because it's definitely worth buying the magazine to read what Rob has to say over two pages.  But in a nutshell, the highlights of the interview for me were the following:

Rob says the best thing about being in Corrie is hearing 57 years worth of stories from Bill Roache (Ken Barlow).  "I do feel very privileged to be hearing them from him," he says.


He says he's had a good response from the public after his interview with Gay Times.

When Daniel had to punch the wall the other week in Corrie after his fight with Chesney, Rob says: "There was actually a little square piece of wall made out of polystyrene, which was screwed into the real wall to absorb the shock.  I mean, I was still hitting a brick wall underneath, but they didn't tell me that until afterwards!"

And finally, Rob says this about the possible return of his on-screen mum, Denise Osbourne:



"I would love it if she were to come back to Corrie! I've been a fan of Denise for a few years and when the audition for the role of Daniel first came up, one of the reasons I was so keen to win the role was because of the people I'd get to work with.  I knew I'd get to do scenes with the Barlows, but there was also the possibility I'd get to work with Denise at some point down the line. And that wasn't something I was going to turn my back on!"

See also: Who'd love Denise Osbourne to return to Coronation Street?


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Coronation Street spoiler: Sinead pregnant - but who's the dad?



Next week in Coronation Street we'll see Sinead confide to Beth that she's pregnant.

But who will the daddy be - Chesney or Daniel?

Inside Soap magazine reveal that Sinead takes a pregnancy test and confides in aunty Beth when the test results come back positive. But is Sinead up the duff by Daniel or in the pudding club by Chesney?

Sinead decides to keep quiet about the baby bombshell until she weighs up all her options.  But Daniel gets a shock when he finds the pregnancy test in the flat and realises it's positive.

All of this unfolds next week when Ken continues to give Daniel an ear-bashing about Sinead not being good enough for him and how he should make something of his life.  What will Daniel do if it's his? And what will Chesney say if it turns out he's the dad?


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Coronation Street spoiler: Toyah to dump Peter?


Inside Soap magazine reveal paparazzi pictures this week showingn Toyah with her husband Toby - and he's got his arm around her. 

Now then, it doesn't say what might or might not be going on in the paparazzi snaps. And, it's fair to say, Toyah doesn't look best pleased to be with Toby, even though he's holding her around the shoulder gently with his arm.

Perhaops Toby just wants to talk to Toyah, to beg her to try again, and give their marriage another go? Or perhaps she dumps Peter after she finds out he's been seeing mystery woman Chloe again.

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What is Shona's secret? Vote in our poll now!

We've blogged a few times about Shona Ramsey and wondered what secret she's hiding.  Next week in Coronation Street, Shona has a showdown with Gail in the cafe after Gail accuses her of stealing.

Shona has obviously got some connection to the Platt clan, but what do YOU think is Shona's secret that she's hiding?

Vote below and let us know what you think Shona's Corrie connection is.


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Gail accuses Shona of stealing in Coronation Street

Next week in Coronation Street we'll see Gail and Shona have a showdown in Roy's Rolls cafe.  It starts when Gail's purse goes missing and she convinces herself that Shona's the one who's nicked it.  Inside Soap magazine reveal that Gail demands that Roy sack Shona from the cafe after calling her a thief.
David's also in the cafe and overhears what's going on. He knows Shona's got form for stealing and reckons she could have taken her mum's purse.  But when Shona opens her own handbag to prove to Gail that she hasn't taken her purse, Gail's got an apology to make...
...especially when Gail finds her purse under a pile of Lily's clothes back at the house.

This storyline further embroils Shona in the life of the Platts - althlugh her secret is still no further being revealed.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Anglesey appears in Coronation Street tonight

Tonight in Coronation Street, we'll see Steve and Michelle scatter baby Ruari's ashes. The poignant sequence was filmed in Aberffraw on the south west coast of Anglesey earlier this year.


Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson were spotted filming a harrowing miscarriage story on Anglesey last month, reports The Daily Post.

The heartbreaking scene - where their characters head to a cliff edge to scatter their tragic baby son’s ashes - will be aired on ITV tonight.

A baby memorial service organised by the Chester and North Wales Miscarriage Support Group will be held at Chester Cathedral on April 18.  The service begins at 11.30am. For more information, call Karen Dalton at the Chester and North Wales Miscarriage Support Group on 01829 270083.

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Baby Toby joins the cast of Coronation Street

Meet the newest member of Coronation Street! This little cutie will be appearing on screen tonight when Leanne gives birth in the lift at Victoria Court.  In the show, Leanne will name her baby Oliver, calling him Olly for short.

In real life, the baby is called Toby and he's represented by Stellar Management who are based in the North West.  Stellar Management released this picture of the new cast member on their Facebook page today.

They posted: "SOAP NEWS!! Be sure to tune in to ITVs Coronation Street all this week to see the arrival of baby Oliver Battersby played by Stellar's very own baby TOBY who now has an ongoing regular role in the show!"

Welcome Toby! Welcome Olly!

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Former Corrie actress writes her debut novel


Former Coronation Street actress Rita May has turned her hand to writing with a comedy debut novel

Rita, who formerly walked Weatherfield’s famous streets as Connie Rathbone, has decided that after a long and successful career on screen, making the jump to writing is an ideal next step.

Her first comedy novel, Barry and Bev, follows a community living in the north of England.



Kenthorpe Working Men’s Club in the north of England is in dire financial difficulties. To try and help the situation, the Committee come up with emergency measures, including a top-class act booked for Saturday night concerts.

As word spreads, the number of punters sharply increases. This causes problems for some of the members’ wives, as they can’t get into the club early enough to get a seat. The club’s ‘Men Only’ room is frequented by a few of the older club members, but Rule No. 57, which bars women from the room, still stands from when the club was built in 1932.  The women decide to challenge this as seats are always available in the ‘Men Only’ room, which leads to a standoff...

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